The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), along with its umbrella agencies such as the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), seems to be off to an encouraging start toward making the country’s thoroughfares safer for users.
Ten colorum or unregistered vehicles have been caught in different areas of the country since June 19, the first day of implementation of Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 of DOTC, LTO and LTFRB.
“Carry on with the good job so far of enforcing safety measures [that]will protect motorists and commuters alike. Let’s continue creating a culture of road discipline for the public good,” DOTC Secretary Emilio Joseph Abaya advised the LTO on Friday.
LTO Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan Jr. listed down the colorum buses as:
Two Bachelor Express buses in Region 10, carrying passengers from Butuan City, Agusan del Sur, to Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. One (151010 temporary license plate) was operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization and lacking registration papers. The other (LYE 668) was also operating on an ordinary route in violation of its excursion/special trip authorization.
Buenasher Transport Corp. bus (PVH 460) in Metro Manila, was plying Edsa with an expired franchise, whose last extension of validity ended in January 2013.
Lucena Lines bus (TYK 695) in Alaminos, Laguna, was operating with expired vehicle registration and expired franchise.
Jerel Transport Corp. bus (GWF 633), apparently run by Sunrays Bus Lines in Region 7.
Two Super 5 buses in Region 5, both carrying Manila-bound passengers. One (PIA 826) was coming from Surigao and the other (UVC 699) from Davao.
AOM bus (051206), also in Region 5, carrying passengers from Naga City, Camarines Sur, and bound for Legazpi City, Albay.
Dalin Liner bus (BVB 591) in Region 2.
NELBUSCO bus (BVK 502) also in Region 2.
“The LTO is serious in putting a stop to rampant violations of land transportation rules and regulations. As part of our reform program, one of our priorities is to instill orderliness on our roads, for both public utility and private vehicles,” Tan said.
The 10 buses have been impounded in accordance with the joint administrative order and the fines imposed on their owners will go straight to the national treasury once paid.
The order sets P6,000 to P1 million fines for violators.